Teachers Share Their Success Stories
We asked teachers to share their stories of how Flocabulary has made a difference in their lives and the lives of their students. Here are five of them.
Diane Phillips is an English Language Arts teacher in Cocoa, Florida. Working with mostly at-risk students performing below grade level, Diane faces lots of challenges. Here, in Diane's own words she describes how she went from fearing that a desk would be thrown at her to "engagement, connection, and laughter." Read Diane's story.
Craig Campbell is a special education teacher at a middle school in a tough part of Brooklyn, New York. Craig's students face the kind of challenges that most of us can only imagine. Using Flocabulary materials as a spring-board, Craig has created his own program that he and his students call The School of Rap. The results are phenomenal. Read Craig's story.
"Not only does this program improve my students writing, speaking, and reading vocabulary, it is something that is facilitating conversation at home."
Allison Ehinger is a high school English teacher who has worked in the well-to-do suburbs and in the inner-city. Never afraid to "make a complete fool" of herself, Allison not only played Flocabulary songs for her students, but danced and sang along. The results, both among suburban students who loved the program and among inner city students who started up conversations with their parents at home, were phenomenal. Read Allison's story.
Donna McMeen is an 8th grade English Language Arts teacher near Dallas, Texas. A passionate teacher dedicated to making sure her students stay motivated in the classroom, Donna decided to try using hip-hop to connect to her students. She started out with some Flocabulary materials, and soon had students singing along in class and writing and performing their own songs for various projects. Read Donna's story.
Britt Pumphrey is a 5th grade teacher in Kansas City. His students, mostly Spanish-speaking immigrants, struggle to keep up in school and often feel intimidated by school work. A combination of creativity, determination, and finding the right teaching tools has helped Britt bring out the curious, confident learners hidden inside these kids. Read Britt's story.
The quotations below were all unsolicited.
"This is one of the best vocabulary programs to ever be invented. It is perfect for this generation of students."
- Gina Bergman, Language Arts Teacher,
Watuga Middle School, Texas
"The day the students were given the results of the growth from their pre-test to the posttest after seven units of The Word Up Project was one of the highlights of the school year for me and them. Simply put, the results were stunning! One student who admitted he didn't even try on the post-test even showed growth! He could hardly believe what he was hearing and then wished he had tried. I heard comments like I'm so smart and saw smiles on faces where normally test results would give them frowns."
- Janice Lee, Language Arts Teacher,
Del Dios Middle School, California
"I love, love, love Math Rap... so do the kids!"
- Sophia Smith, 3rd Grade Teacher,
"The music and the historical summary worked brilliantly for my English learners. Thank you!"
- Stacie Tarsitano, Social Studies Teacher,
La Quinta High School, California
"Thank you so much. I had the kids vote as to whether to continue Word Up or to go back to the vocabulary that we had done before, and they voted unanimously to keep Word Up."
- Kelly, Language Arts Teacher,
Becky Leonards School, Pennsylvania
"Ive used your songs in class, and have to say that Ive never seen students so enthusiastic about history! Its a wonderful tool to motivate students to think, be creative and remember what we teach!"
- Tracey Sinatra, Social Studies Teacher,
Maplewood Middle School, New Jersey
"Because of Flocabulary, my kids were absolutely riveted by Shakespeare. They all understood the story and were able to summarize it, analyze it, and define and use Shakespearean vocabulary. They were able to understand the characters and to put on plays of their own modernized versions of Macbeth."
- Rachel H., Language Arts Teacher, El Cerrito High School, California
"My kids love you, beg for more vocabulary (Yes, I really did say that!), and actually recognize their vocab words when I sneak them into everyday lessons! Ah, the sweet sound of learning..."
- Kat Kirst, Language Arts Teacher,
Victory Lakes Intermediate School, Texas
"I bought the Word Up Project last year and the ESL teachers love it. I observed a class yesterday where students who have been in this country for a year or less are using high level vocabulary words. Congratulations on creating such a brilliantly simple project."
- Varda Wendrof, Director of ESL and Bilingual Education
Bayonne, New Jersey